ACT® VS. SAT®

Both the ACT and the SAT are nationally administered, standardized tests that help schools evaluate your application and see how prepared you are for college courses.

Most colleges accept scores from either test, so you can take the test that’s right for you. Your college application journey is likely starting with the question, “Which test should I take?”

ACT SAT
Structure 4 Sections*
  • English
  • Math
  • Reading
  • Science
4 Sections*
  • Reading
  • Writing and Language
  • Math (No Calculator)
  • Math (Calculator)
Number of Questions 215 154
Length 2 hours 55 minutes (without breaks and Writing section) 3 hours (without breaks and Essay section)
*Optional Writing - 1 prompt - 35 minutes Essay - 1 question - 50 minutes